Archive for June, 2013

The Great Molasses Diaster


If molasses can do this much damage, I don’t want to even think about sea level rise!

The 21 people who died in Boston on Jan. 15, 1919, had little warning of the events that were about to occur. According to an article published the next day in The New York Times , the only sound before the disaster was “a dull, muffled roar.” That was the noise made by the explosion of a massive tank of molasses owned by the Purity Distilling Company. Moments later, more than 2 million gallons of hot, thick, sticky molasses flooded the surrounding streets, destroying buildings, overturning wagons and trucks, and even knocking an elevated train off its tracks. Witnesses say the wave of molasses reached as high as 30 feet tall and it traveled as fast as 35 miles per hour.

For the people in the surrounding streets and buildings, there was no escape. Twenty-one people died, including three firemen who were killed when their nearby firehouse collapsed. Another 150 people were injured, and several horses were also killed. Police, a local Army battalion, the Red Cross and even the Navy arrived to help the survivors, but rescuers were hampered by the sticky goo that filled the streets. It took four days to find all of the victims, and another two weeks to clean up the molasses mess. Even today, nearly a century later, some people say the neighborhood still smells like molasses on hot summer days.

Source: MNN


Meatless Monday

If asked, could you explain the difference between a fruit and a vegetable?????fruits and vegetables


According to botanists (those who study plants) a fruit is the part of the plant that develops from a flower. It’s also the section of the plant that contains the seeds. The other parts of plants are considered vegetables. These include the stems, leaves and roots — and even the flower bud.

The following are technically fruits: avocado, beans, peapods, corn kernels, cucumbers, grains, nuts, olives peppers, pumpkin, squash, sunflower seeds and tomatoes. Vegetables include celery (stem), lettuce (leaves), cauliflower and broccoli (buds), and beets, carrots and potatoes (roots).

From a culinary standpoint, vegetables are less sweet — or more savory — and served as part of the main dish. Fruits are more sweet and tart and are most often served as a dessert or snack. Both fruits and vegetables can be made into juice for a refreshing beverage. Some fruits are “grains” or “nuts” or “seeds” — and are served accordingly.

Nutritionally speaking, fruits and vegetables are similar. Compared with animal products, they’re generally lower in calories and fat, but higher in fiber. Fruits and vegetables also contain health-enhancing plant compounds such as antioxidants. And they’re loaded with vitamins and minerals.

One serving (half a cup) of most fruits has a bit more calories than one serving of vegetables. Exceptions would be dense, starchy vegetables such as potatoes or beets.

One thing that is simple to understand about fruit and vegetables is that most people don’t eat enough of them. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, you should aim for two or more cups of fruit a day, and two and one-half cups of vegetables. The usual adult eats one cup of fruit and about one and a half cups of vegetables a day.

In 2009 no state met the Healthy People 2010 targets for fruit or vegetable consumption. In fact, there’s been a decline in consumption of fruit and vegetables. Between 1999 and 2008, the actual number of servings of fruit and vegetables declined by about 10 percent and 7 percent, respectively.

Source: Mayo Clinic

Photo: Food Network

Wordless Wednesday

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Source: Guardian

Meatless Monday

I don’t like avocado, something about the consistency and color that don’t sit well with me. But I have lots of friends who LOVE them. Looks like they have good reason to eat avocado.

Avocado Spread

European sailors en route to the New World used avocados in place of butter.

Avocado Varieties

There are more than 80 varieties of avocados. The most common is the year-round Hass avocado, whose original mother tree still stands in California.

Alligator Pear

The avocado is also known as an alligator pear, because of its shape, green skin, and rough texture of the Haas variety. (The Florida avocado has a shiny, smooth surface.)

Avocado Production

The two main U.S. producers of the fruit are California and Florida. The Golden State far outranks the Sunshine State, however, with more than 6,000 groves accounting for about 90% of avocado crops.

Avocado Nutrition

Avocados are a good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamins C,K, folate, and B6. Half an avocado has 160 calories, 15 grams of heart-healthy unsaturated fat, and only 2 grams saturated fat. One globe contains more than one-third daily value of vitamin C, and more than half the day’s requirements of vitamin K.

Avocado in Salads

Consider adding avocado or avocado oil to your salads. Recent research shows that antioxidants such as lycopene and beta-carotene are better absorbed with the healthy monounsaturated fat avocados have in abundance.

Super Bowl Guacamole

What would guacamole be without avocados? On Super Bowl Sunday, Americans eat about 8 million pounds of guacamole. For Cinco de Mayo, the tally is closer to 14 million.

Avoiding Browning in Avocados

To reduce oxidation (browning) of an already-sliced avocado, sprinkle lemon juice on the exposed flesh and then refrigerate in a plastic bag.


Wordless Wednesday


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Picture on Thursday

I had a day yesterday, the kind when you’re so busy you look up from your desk and its noon, look up again and its time to leave. Since I missed Wordless Wednesday…may I present Picture on Thursday! I hope you enjoy.



Source: Francesco Mugnai

Why can’t frozen food boxes always be recycled?

Boy was I excited when I saw this article. The question I get asked most often is “Now what is it you do again?” The second most FAQ is “Why can’t I recycle this _______?” tells us what we can’t recycle frozen food boxes.

Frozen food boxes are made from paperboard lined with polyethylene, a type of plastic that helps maintain the structure of the container when it’s exposed to cold temperatures.

According to Terry Gellenbeck , of the City of Phoenix, box manufacturers put “plastic within the matrix of the paper to make it water repellant or keep its insulative properties.”

This added plastic helps protect food from freezer burn and ensures that the paper container won’t get soggy. This type of packaging is used not only for frozen food boxes, but also for things like soda and beer cartons that you wouldn’t want falling apart if they were to get wet.

While good for packaging food, this plastic can make recycling frozen food boxes more difficult because it is impossible to remove the plastic from the paperboard, and some municipalities cannot accept this plastic into their recycling stream.  What a recycling facility accepts depends largely on what a material can be made into. In many places where paper products are recycled, there may not be buyers interested in using a lower grade of paper (that includes small amounts of polyethylene).